Caminos del Valle is a signature project of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA). This project recruited and trained four youth between the ages of 16-18 representing Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla counties. Hayden, Jamie, Josh and Allison were trained in group leadership roles in neighborhoods and public lands, cultural and historical nature of the SdCNHA, land and water conservation, nature-based education, walk facilitation, cultures, landscape, and tradition. Along with learning the local history, our youth were also trained in First-Aid and CPR, public speaking, and self-defense.

Youth will lead and assist their cohorts in walking tour events which are free to the public. Participants of these walking tours will explore history, culture, landscapes, and traditions, which youth have learned from local historians. For more information on Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, visit: